AS of yesterday, the Water Authority of Fiji (WAF) has recorded a total of 74 cases of illegal connections from the Western, Northern and Central divisions.
And the authority said this was a huge loss for the authority in terms of revenue and costs and there would also be a unequal consumption as water used under this means was unaccounted for.
Team leader corporate communications Fulori Turaga said 60 cases were recorded since last week and an additional 14 cases were received from the west yesterday morning.
She said when people used water illegally, they were making a direct connection to their water reticulation system.
"This means they are using the water free without paying for the service," Ms Turaga said.
She said this was a serious offence.
"It is our intention by highlighting to the media the prosecution and fines as awarded by the court for every prosecution will in turn send out a strong message of deterrence to those are who are illegally connected," Ms Turaga said.
From these illegal connection cases, the west recorded the highest with 52, followed by north with 14 and eight recorded in the Central Division.
"Tampering and making a direct connection to our water system is an offence and those found will be dealt with accordingly," she said.